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Afternoon. I have a 2005 honda civic 1.7 cdti. One of the belts is making a noticeable rubbing/squeaking sound, more often when the car is started up for the first time or the engine is cold (not exclusive and has on occassion been noticeable even when engine is warrmed up). Again, when the vehicle is first started up there is a lot of heavy / dark coloured fumes pour out of the exhaust. I bought the car approx 4 months ago and have been back and forward to the garage several times. I've been told the belts have been changed and that the tensioners have all been tightened / adjusted. Re the fumes out the exhuast I've been advised that this might be down to the quality of the fuel I use - but what's decent and what's rubbish? It has also been looked at by my local Honda dealer but thus far, there has been no explanation other than the above. Appreciate this is a bit long winded but can you help please? Ta

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The squealing after starting is usually a loose belt on the alternator. The alternator has to do heavy charging after starting the car. If the belts really have been changed and properly tensioned then its hard to guess what might be wrong. As far as "heavy fumes" when the car is started ... burning gasoline makes water vapor and you can see it when the engine is cold. If its really dark as in black or in that range then it would seem the engine is running very rich when cold. Does the car burn a lot of oil?

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